The Best New Fairway Woods of 2017
With so many products on the market these days it can sometimes be a struggle figuring out which club is best for you. To help you find the best fairway wood suited to you, we at Golfshake have to put together this handy guide including the COBRA KING F7, Srixon Z 65, TaylorMade M1 and M2, Titleist 917 F2 and F3 and the Wilson Staff FG Tour F5.
COBRA KING F7
COBRA’s new KING F7 fairways feature a progressive Baffler Dual Rail construction, with each club having dual rails that are designed with optimised height to ensure maximum performance benefits. For example, the 3W has shorter less pronounced rails to accommodate for a sweeping attack angle. Whereas, the 5W features a medium height rail design, which works to reduce digging into the turf in order to retain more club head speed and distance from any lie.
The KING F7 fairway wood also has several other key features. Two different CG settings in the front and back of the KING 7 result in differing ball flights to help tune your optimum distance and trajectory under variable conditions. The F& also features the MYFLY 8 with SMARTPAD. This is eight easily adjustable loft settings to manage trajectory and fine tune launch conditions. The KING F7 will be available on 27 Jan, 2017, with a black/orange, silver/yellow and blue/red finish to choose from.
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While not a new bit of technology the rail on the bottom of COBRA's new F7 fairway woods is a winner! The science behind it makes perfect sense and it will help with turf interaction. If you struggle with digging into the turf from the short grass, you need to give this one a go! I am also a big fan of the MYFLY tech which will allow you to adjust the loft in 8 different ways.
Shaft: Fujikura Pro 65 (R and S flex)
Grip: Lamkin REL-Black
The new JPX900 fairway wood from Mizuno promises ball spin for every golfer and spin if needed. This is thanks to the new Shockwave Sole that generates prodigious ball speeds that really close the gap on your driver. The new sliding weight system in the sole helps ensure maximum playability for just about every swing type.
The Shockwave Sole contracts and expands to create exceptional levels of energy for a compact head to help increase ball speeds. Spin and launch can be tailored to individual needs thanks to a movable 15g weight in the sole. Finally, the Quick Switch system allows loft to be adjusted to a range of 4 degrees.
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Loft: 15°, 18° and 21°
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Evolution 2 (S and X flex)
Grip: M-31 360 Mizuno
The Mizuno JPX900 fairway wood will be available at retail from February 2017.
Srixon Z 65
Like the driver, the Z F65 fairway wood from Srixon benefits from the Ripple Effect technology to deliver the most advanced innovation and best performance Srixon has ever manufactured. The three Ripple Effect innovations work together to maximise distance and control both off the tee and from the fairway.
The Power Wave Sole absorbs more stress at impact for maximum energy transfer to generate a higher ball speed and more distance. The new stretch flex cup face has been extended farther around the crown and sole to create a larger sweet spot. The strategically placed crown step lowers CG to promote a high launch and low spin. Finally, the new arc support channel promotes a higher launch and optimal spin across the face.
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Srixon's metal wood line-up for 2017 is certainly pretty impressive and I am a big fan of the driver, but the three wood is probably the club in the range that I am least keen on. The same Ripple Effect technology is used as in the driver and the performance benefits are there as a result, but the crown has an unusual shape, with a step down just behind the face. Something you would no doubt get used to, but looks a little odd on first glance. The sound is also fairly unique to the category. Certainly not to my taste, try it and you might love it though!
All in all a great performing fairway wood, but with some quirks that may take a little getting used to.
|Watch Owen's review of the Srixon FZ65 >>>|
Loft: 3+ (13.5°)
Shaft: Miyazaki Kaula Mizu 6 (R and S flex)
Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360
The new TaylorMade M1 fairway wood is constructed with a 450 stainless steel body, has a strong Ni-Co C300face and a features a 6-layer Carbon composite crown. This complete re-design and reshaped M1 fairway has a track system that has been shifted more rearward to make room for a new open channel Speed Pocket that is designed to deliver more ball speed and more forgiveness.
The M1 also features a new runway of design. A carbon-fiber crown has been bonded onto the head by the way of the same FF2FF manufacturing process as in the driver and replaces the majority of the steel that was formerly on the crown, as well as lowering centre of gravity. The track has been moved back behind the Loft Sleeve in order to make room for a through-slot, which promotes faster face-flex and ball speed on mis-hits. The new design of the open-channel Speed Pocket delivers more distance through increased speed and lower spin. All this adds up to TaylorMade's longest adjustable fairway to date.
Loft: 15° (3), 17° (3HL) and 19° (5)
Shaft: MRC Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 70g (R, S and X flex)
Grip: Lamkin UTx Cord
TaylorMade believe that the M2 fairway is the ultimate distance fairway and this year it has been made even more forgiving by way of incorporation of a recessed 6-layer carbon composite crown, inverted cone technology and a new Geocoustic driven sole design. There is also a longer, more flexible Speed Pocket and lighter fluted hosel to create low CG that produces increased ball speeds. In turn, this creates a long, high launching and low spinning fairway wood.
Fairway woods have become consistently faster and faster and, at the same time, more playable thanks to shallower, more low-profile designs. Thanks to advancements in technologies, the M2 fairway has been engineered using inverted cone technology to allow it to deliver driver like performance.
Loft: 15°, 16.5°, 18°, 21° and 24°
Shaft: M2 REAX (L, A, R and S flex)
Grip: 47g Dual Feel Performance
Titleist 917 – F2 and F3
The new 917 fairway woods from Titleist promise the ‘standard for complete performance’ through a host of technology improvements.
First of all, the SureFit CG has been upgraded and allows the CG to be moved from a back, heel position to a forward, toe position through interchangeable weights to optimise spin and launch conditions to suit your swing. The Active Recoil Channel 2.0 is an improved channel with an elastomer insert for increased speed and lower spin. The industry SureFit Hosel offers 16 independent loft and lie settings to help you find your optimal ball flight. Finally, the fairway woods feature a variable thickness face insert that creates more speed around the perimeter of the face for more distance on those off-centre hits.
The F2 offers playability with forgiveness through its larger profile and produces slightly more spin with a higher launch compared to the F3. The F3 offers versatility with shot control and more distance due to its more compact profile.
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Two years after the launch of the hugely popular 915, Titleist are back with a new offering - The 917. The performance of this three wood is quite spectacular when compared to the 915, the flight is undoubtedly higher, while spin in low, meaning you will likely pick up some yards on the previous version (Make sure you check out the comparison video below).
I also like the extra fitting options that the 'Throw' weight delivers and the return of the traditional dark grey colour, add in an improved face and you have a cracking fairway wood.
|Watch Owen's 915 v 917 comparison >>>|
Loft: 13.5°, 15°, 16.5° (F2 only), 18° (F2 only) and 21° (F2 only)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Max 75 (S flex)
Fujikura Speeder Pro TS 84 (S and XS flex)
Mitsubishi Diamana Ltd. Blue 70 (R and S flex)
Mitsubishi Diamana Ltd. Red 60 (A, R and S flex) (F2 only)
Mitsubishi Diamana Ltd. Red 50 (L flex) (F2 only)
Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360
Wilson Staff FG Tour F5
An interchangable weight has been placed low and close to the face in the Wilson Staff FG Tour F5 fairway wood to decrease spin and to maintain an optimal launch for maximum distance. This fairway wood also incorporates the six-way Green Means Go! Fast Fit technology to offer precise ball trajectory and also features a Carpenter Custom 455 maraging stainless steel face insert influenced by tour players.
Loft: 13.5°, 15°, 17°
Shaft: MRC Fubuki Z Series 65 (R, S X)
Grip: Lamkin Crossline Black
Learn more at the Wilson Staff website by clicking here.